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#241 3brokenbricks3

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:31 PM

Seeing him tonight in Philly. Very excited. May give videotaping a go, but with no clearance beforehand, don't expect I'll have much luck. I'll report back.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 04:17 PM

I saw him at Maxwell's (NJ) on Saturday night. Cory Chisel opened, and he was pretty cool. It was sort of like a cross between Brendan Benson (or Raconteurs) and Wilco. Had some "americana" songs, but a few straight up rock songs as well. It was a pleasant surprise when Brendan Benson went up on stage to play bass guitar for one song, since Cory Chisel's bassist couldn't make it (Jared, BB's bassist, filled in for the rest of the songs)

Brendan Benson was great. He seemed to be in a weird mood, I'm not sure why. He and his band forgot the words to one of the songs (forgot which, I think 'Spit It Out'), so they just stopped halfway through and went on. Also, since there was no "backstage", and the band had to enter the stage through the crowd, there was no encore. When he left the stage, he left for good.

I don't know whether he was high (does he smoke weed?), a little drunk, or just in a weird mood. He skipped a few songs (4 or 5) off the 21-song setlist that was stuck on the floor, but the ones that he played were great. I recorded 720p video of about 8 or 9 songs, from dead center, with one person in front of me. The first half of the videos have the occasional head or hand, as there were guys both on my left and right who were getting really into the music. I was fine with that, but the clapping and really loud singing-along was a little annoying at times. But the thing that really bothered me was the back 50-70% of the crowd, talking as if they were at a baseball game. No repsect at all for either band, and it was ruining it for those who really wanted to enjoy the music. Just because you only paid $15 for a show, doesn't entitle you to disturb it. But I guess there's nothing I could do. Cory Chisel tried to get them to be quiet (nicely, by saying "come on, guys, people can't hear the music"), but it didn't do anything.

After about half of BB's set, the guy in front of me (and his girlfriend) left, so I got right up close, front row center. I took a few more videos, and snapped some sweet pictures. After the show, when the stage manager told me he was not coming back for an encore, I asked him for the setlist, which he gave me, and also one of Brendan's picks. I hoped to get the setlist autographed by Brendan, but I couldn't find him. I got it autographed by the bassist, Jared.

Overall, a great night. I was a little annoyed that they didn't follow the set times at all, though. When I called Maxwell's that night, the machine said "Brendan Benson, sold out. Cory Chisel at 9:30, Brendan Benson at 10:30". So I expected the show to end just before midnight, getting me home before 12:30. Cory Chisel didn't come on until 10:30, and Brendan Benson finally came on at 11:50. The show didn't end until about 1:15, and then I got back to the parking garage, to find that my car wouldn't start. Ended u paying the parking attendant to jumpstart it, and I got home just after 2am.

But it was worth it! :lol:

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:00 AM

Good show tonight in Philly, lame audience, but its Philly. World Cafe Live is a beautiful venue and I enjoy myself everytime i"m there. I videotaped Corey Chisel, but just let the camera record audio for Brendan, we'll see how it all came out. The band looked like they were enjoying themselves and did the standard encore they've been doing this tour.

Edit: Audio definitely came out listenable, so that will be available soon! Bit too hot for the mics, but I've heard worse.

Edited by 3brokenbricks3, 08 December 2009 - 02:34 AM.


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Posted 08 December 2009 - 01:01 PM

Someone beat me to it:

http://www.dimeadoze...s.php?id=280138

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 04:53 PM

The 10year old kid I look after said the darndest thing to me: "Judy I wish you loved Brendan as much as you loved the Raconteurs, because then you'd go to see Brendan shows more" haha, kids huh.. I think he wants me to take him to a BB gig.. Well I had to explain to him that Brendan's band doesn't have Patrick as the drummer and that's the only reason I went to so many Racs shows.. I was lucky enough to go to three of Brendans UK shows..

anyways...

Needless to say him and I are thoroughly enjoying BBs lastest offereinig, everytime I put it on I hear something new, like the album is unfolding it's treasures :)

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:06 AM

Been listening to the new BB again and again lately. I wish I could go to another show, oh well.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

Brendan's interview with HitFix.com about his solo career, The Raconteurs, and his new baby on the way (congrats B!)



Singer songwriter Brendan Benson talks Ranconteurs, Jack White, solo work

Posted on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 By Melinda Newman



Brendan Benson is best known as a member of the Raconteurs, along with the White Stripes/Dead Weather’s Jack White and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of Greenhornes.

But he’s also released four stellar solo albums, most recently “My Old, Familiar Friend,” this past August. The collection is irrepressible melodic pop rock redolent of Benson’s musical influences, including the Cars, Todd Rungren, Cheap Trick and the Kinks.

Hitfix caught up with the lowkey, genial Benson prior to his second performance at ASCAP’s Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (Yep, we're still cleaning out our interviews from the festival). He filled us in on what’s next for the Raconteurs, his thoughts about becoming a first-time dad in April, and why he just doesn’t understand Bruce Springsteen.

Following his Sundance appearance, Benson and his band embarked on a month-long tour. He is also collaborating with singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe, who joined the Raconteurs and fellow guest Ricky Skaggs on the Raconteurs’ “Old Enough.”


Q: Since we’re at Sundance, it seems appropriate to ask what’s the last movie you saw?

A: “The Invention of Lying.” It wasn’t great. I love [Ricky Gervais]. I’m inclined to think that the powers that be changed that movie. It was his idea. It could have gotten… it could have been way better.

Q: Congratulations on your first child coming in April. Are you going to be able to resist the urge to write songs only about your kid?

A: I think I’m too self absorbed still. Maybe the kid will change that about me, but there’s no one more interested than myself to write about. (laughs)

Q: You’re here playing at ASCAP’s Music Café. Part of the idea is to use this opportunity to meet directors and music supervisors who may license your music. What’s your experience been with that and what’s your expectation?

A: Not a whole lot, but I’ve had songs in some movies. My first license was in “Zero Effect,” on my first record, which was really exciting. [2002’s] “Tiny Spark” was used in “Along Came Polly” and I think it was used in another movie sooner than that and I’m best known for that song and it’s not hugely popular, but that’s the most popular song that I have and I know it’s because of the movies. People are like, ‘Oh yeah, I know that song!” And then TV shows and stuff, commercials, like an iPod commercial, that was a big deal.

Q: You’re on tour in February. What’s the key to survival on the road and not killing your band mates on the road?

A: I think there’s a combination of things. Humor would be key. If everyone has relatively the same sense of humor, then that helps. And things in common, like food, eating. If there’s one person who’s vegan, say, then that person might be alienated in my band (laughs)… Last night we went to this vegan restaurant because someone said it was great. It was okay, I think some of us would have preferred a steak.

Q: There are bands who will take a slightly less talented musician for someone they can live with the other 22 hours of the day off stage.

A: That’s for sure. In fact, to my detriment, I’ve done that. I just like somebody so much or [they’re] a great companion and maybe not the best musician or the best person for the [job]... but I don’t care.

Q: Bruce Springsteen talks about how “Born to Run” started his lifelong conversation with his audience. “My Old, Familiar Friend” is your fourth solo album. Where is that in your conversation with your audience and where is that conversation headed?

A: That’s a really far out concept to consider, and a little lofty. It sounds cool and just like Bruce Springsteen is famous for… he’s got great one liners, but what is he talking about? You know what I mean. So I’m not sure I agree or maybe I haven’t hit that point yet or maybe I haven’t started this so-called conversation with my audience. I have a hard enough time writing a little something on an email blast. My manager is like ‘write a little something’ for my fans. And I’d rather not. That’s not my life. My life is me and music, it’s not me and my fans. ..It’s a cool concept, I like that. It sounds nice, it sounds neat, but I’m not a huge Springsteen fan for that very reason, I think, because I never knew what he was talking about.

Q: You live in Nashville where there are songwriters everywhere. Do you find it inspirational?

A: Yeah. I don’t know if it’s inspiring so much as it’s great practice. It’s great to keep in practice. You want to surround yourself… with any kind of art, you need to stay in practice. You can’t always be inspired. Or you can’t wait for it.

Q: It’s a craft there. There are times it becomes an art.

A: They write crap songs though (laughs). I’m not a fan of the new country stuff. Not always. At best, it’s clever, though. It never just hits you. I don’t know it very well. Still, I think it’s admirable to and it’s a good idea to stay in practice for when maybe something does happen. Something does really come to you and you’re ready for it.
I started out painting… well, I kind of did them at the same time, music and painting. And then music became easier for me and I pursued that. But while I was painting, I studied with this guy and who sort of taught me you can’t afford to sit around and wait.

Q: It’s a muscle.

A: Right… [he’d say] “so go out and fucking draw that flower over there.” And I’d be like, “I’m not inspired, I’m not into flowers…” and he’d be like, ‘I don’t give a shit, go draw those fucking flowers.” You know what I mean, like ‘Shut up, punk.’ He said it should be like breathing, it should be like second nature. I like that, so at the very least, I write a lot of dumb songs and sometimes they even make it on my record.

Q: What do you get out of being in the Raconteurs that you don’t get out of being a solo artist and vice versa?

A: So much. I haven’t decided which… I think I definitely prefer being in a group, writing in a group too. I have a group of guys with me, but they didn’t write the songs. They don’t have a whole lot of emotional stake in it. But bless their hearts, they’re fucking good. They’re great. But it’s a different thing.

Of course, the biggest thing is playing in the Raconteurs or in a group, you’re sharing everything. You share the glory and whatever when it’s not glorious. When it sucks, I don’t have the bear the load myself. And you can take turns doing things like if I’m tired… some nights I’m not in the mood or I’m tired or something like that and so I can fall back on these other guys, like Jack, maybe he’ll take over. We’ll do more of his [stuff]… With me, it’s like man, I gotta carry it the whole time. And that’s kind of a negative way of looking at my solo stuff, but at this point, I’m in that phase coming off the Raconteurs. But there’s things that the Raconteurs can’t give me that my solo stuff gives me and I’m not sure what that is at the moment. Nothing’s coming to mind.

Q: We’re not catching you on a good day, are we?

A: I know, I know. Oh my God, this should be an interesting set today.

Q: Is there a new Raconteurs record in the works?

A: Not as of yet. I mean, I think we’re all just really focused on other things. I barely talk to those guys. We’re all busy, but it will, like it always does, it will come around and we’ll get together again and hang out and maybe make a record or maybe not. Terrible answer, sorry.

Q: It’s the truth.

A: It’s a real spontaneous thing, really. The Raconteurs was, is and always will be, hopefully, should be spontaneous. If we feel like doing it. We’re not contractually obligated, we don’t need it. We don’t have to do it, which is cool.


Edited by TranscendInEveryWay, 05 February 2010 - 04:47 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:56 PM

Thank you ! My fav-


Of course, the biggest thing is playing in the Raconteurs or in a group, you’re sharing everything. You share the glory and whatever when it’s not glorious. When it sucks, I don’t have the bear the load myself. And you can take turns doing things like if I’m tired… some nights I’m not in the mood or I’m tired or something like that and so I can fall back on these other guys, like Jack, maybe he’ll take over. We’ll do more of his [stuff]… With me, it’s like man, I gotta carry it the whole time. And that’s kind of a negative way of looking at my solo stuff, but at this point, I’m in that phase coming off the Raconteurs. But there’s things that the Raconteurs can’t give me that my solo stuff gives me and I’m not sure what that is at the moment. Nothing’s coming to mind.


Gives me hope :D

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:40 AM

It's interesting to see how Brendan really feels about the Raconteurs. They truely are 4 friends that get together and play music when they can. It's a little sad to hear that no plans are in progress and that they don't talk more often. I'm sure they do more than what he is saying, but it's not like anything is planned for sure. It's cool, but they are my second favorite band, so it's kind of a bummer to not know anything for sure. I guess it's better than them feeling oligated to always write and always practice, the spontanious moments bring the great records we have...

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

if i were brendan, i'd be working on material for the next raconteurs album while jack was busy with the dead weather. that way when they come back together, they'll have lots to work with.

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 03:11 PM

A Whole Lot Better is the best song i've heard in a long time. Chills every time.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:17 PM

This Thursday I am airing an interview I did with Cory Chisel. Listen between 6-9pm central time to Thursday Casserole on WXAV. You can listen on WXAV.com. (After the intro plays, if the music doesn't start click stop and then the play button and you should be all set). Any other question you can email Thursdaycasserole@gmail.com. Please listen in!
Thanks,
Jeff




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